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Pamplin College of Business

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The Pamplin College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcct), Master of Science in Business Administration (MS), and Master of Science in Marketing (MS) as well as a doctoral program in management, business information technology, marketing, finance, accounting and information systems, and hospitality and tourism management. Other programs include an interdisciplinary program in information technology, cooperative programs with Thunderbird University (MIM/MBA) and Institut National des T


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, academic accomplishments and ability, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.

The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 345; 149 were accepted; 110 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2; average GMAT score was 627. Transfers are not accepted. Minority students are actively recruited.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall. To apply, students must submit an application form, 2 transcripts, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $45, and a resume. The application deadline is April 15 for fall entry. Students are notified of the admissions decision within 6 to 8 weeks of application arrival date. Once accepted, students may defer admission. Requests are reviewed on an individual basis.

Financial Aid

About 75% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $4777 annually; maximum $14,057. The FAFSA is required. The application deadline is April 15 for fall entry.

Tuition for in-state residents is $292 per credit, or $7017 per year. Nonresidents pay $517 per credit, or $12,414 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $3224; books and supplies, $800; personal expenses, $600; and other fees, $1642, for an estimated annual total of $13,283 for in-state residents and $18,680 for out-of-state residents. Graduate student housing is available on-campus for graduate and professional students. This housing option reflects both the diversity and tradition that are the hallmarks of graduate studies at the University. The facilities are suited to provide privacy, convenience, and an atmosphere conducive to learning. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


Sixty-two percent of the current graduate business school class have had an average of 33 months of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from foreign countries (50%). Thirty-four percent are women, 18% are minorities, and 26% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 26; ages range from 21 to 38. Seventy-one percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 8% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 40%, business; 23%, engineering; 20%, math and science; 10%, economics; and 5%, liberal arts. In 2006, 195 graduate business degrees were awarded.

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